How to Get Rid of White Spots on Nails

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There are many different reasons for white spots appearing on your nails. Most commonly, white spots are caused by trauma to the nail, similar to a bruise on your skin. However, they can also be caused by nutritional deficiencies, or skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema. Although rare, white spots could also be caused by kidney or liver disease.

  • Wait for them to grow past the end of your finger and then file or cut them off. A typical fingernail takes 8 months to grow out completely. If you see a white spot in the middle of your nail, it probably occurred from trauma a few months before. Give it a couple of months and the spot should grow past the end of your finger.

  • Leave your cuticles alone. Cutting your cuticles, or pushing them back too aggressively, can cause trauma to the nail bed and result in white spots.

  • Moisturize your nails regularly to keep them healthy and less prone to white spots. Use your favorite hand lotion after every hand washing. Spend time massaging some of the lotion into the bed of each nail.

  • Eat a healthy diet including plenty of fruit, zinc and protein to avoid white spots on your nails caused by nutritional deficiencies. It is also a good idea to take a multi-vitamin daily.

  • Polish your nails to cover the white spots while you are waiting for them to grow out if they bother you.

  • See a dermatologist if you get a sudden outbreak of multiple white spots on your nails and can not remember any trauma to your hands or fingers.

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